Schools

Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS)

Falcon Football

We are hoping for an exciting Falcon football season. We encourage students, parents, and the community to come to the games and support your team.

On the page to your left, you will find the football schedule for the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman teams.

SRHS Foundation

The Board of Directors for the SRHS Foundation would like to welcome new and returning students and their families to the 2002-2003 school year. Each year, the foundation assists many of the school's academic, extracurricular, and athletic programs in obtaining necessary equipment or materials. Without the help, these programs could not exist or function effectively.

When funds are available, some competition fees or facility use fees--for example, pool fees for water polo teams--may be partially or fully paid for by the foundation. We rely on parent, community, and business donations in order to help the school provide maximum opportunities for our students.

Our extracurricular and some athletic programs have zero funding from the school district. Donations were very low last year and the foundation had to turn away many worthy requests because of a lack of money. Especially disappointing was that only 10% of families responded to our solicitation for funds last year.

The foundation and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) are currently forging a cooperative relationship in an attempt to boost donations to both organizations, and clarify the purposes and goals of each group. Both organizations strive each year to increase their impact on the school.

Letters will be sent to parents just prior to the start of the school year that will clarify the roles of each group. The foundation looks forward to another year of helping to make SRHS one of the premier schools in San Diego County. If you have any questions or would like to get involved with the foundation, please contact Rebecca O'Brien at 536-1203 or [[email protected]].

Internship Opportunity

The San Diego office of Lieutenant Governor Cruz M. Bustamante is currently seeking part-time interns for the fall term. The office is located in downtown San Diego and is primarily responsible for maintaining the lieutenant governor's relationship with the people of Southern California.

An ideal intern would be an undergraduate or high school student possessing excellent writing skills, a pleasant phone demeanor, and a basic knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Word and Excel. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in California politics.

The intern's responsibilities will include drafting constituent correspondence, answering phones, assisting the lieutenant governor's staff with various projects, and providing other support. Please note: this is an unpaid position.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to: Denisse Roldan, Assistant to the Lieutenant Governor, 701 B Street, Suite 376, San Diego, CA 92101. You may fax her at 619-525-4071, or e-mail her at [[email protected]]. No phone calls please.

Job Shadow Hosts Needed

The need for individuals and businesses to host students for the annual SRHS 11th grade Job Shadow Day continues. Students will visit host sites on Thursday, Nov. 14, to enjoy firsthand the challenges and opportunities of the work world.

Interested hosts are asked to share their day-to-day tasks with students, while answering questions the students have prepared regarding the host's education and career development. Students or the school provide transportation to and from the host site.

This annual event is part of the rich history and success of SRHS students. Hundreds of community members have participated in the past and have testified to the great value of this event. If you or your company would like to host one or more students, contact Mary Bostwick, Employer Outreach Specialist, at 621-9020 x132 or [[email protected]] at your earliest convenience.

Back-to-School Savings

Help Scripps Ranch High School earn credits during the Office Depot 5% Back-to-Schools program. Purchase your school supplies anytime before Monday, Sept. 30, at any Office Depot and indicate the SRHS ID# 70013915 during checkout.

Last year SRHS earned $277 in credits from purchases by teachers, students, and parents. Help us double or triple that this year by shopping at Office Depot.

Marshall Middle School (MMS)

Welcome!

Marshall begins its fourth year of operation this month. Throughout the past four years, we have endeavored to provide the best possible educational environment for our students and have improved our instructional program each year. Our goal is to meet the needs of all our students and prepare them for the rigors of high school and beyond.

We welcome our new 6th and 7th grade students from Dingeman, Miramar Ranch, and Jerabek elementary schools. We anticipate our student population to be around 1,050.

Our multi-purpose room is complete and is a beautiful new addition to our campus. We will finally be able to conduct performances, activities, and meetings at our own school and not have to worry about scheduling other venues.

First Day of School

School opens on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Our time schedule remains the same, with our first bell at 7:25 am and dismissal at 2:10 pm. The rotating block schedule will continue, with a single 33-minute lunch period.

Special thanks goes to our Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) volunteers who always help with the distribution of student schedules and sell PE clothes the first week of school.

Important Dates

  • Tuesday, Sept. 3--First semester begins;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 4--PTSA meeting at 12 pm; Site Governance Team meeting at 6:30 pm;
  • Wednesday, Sept.18--Back-to-School Night;
  • Thursday, Sept. 26--7th and 8th grade awards assemblies, from 2nd semester last year.

New Staff

Each summer we must replace teachers who have left us through transfer, promotion, or retirement. This year, we welcome the following new teachers to Marshall:

  • Ann Gramm--Social Studies;
  • Francesca Zangara--English/U.S. History;
  • Joyce Camblin--U.S. History;
  • Muriel Gross--Science;
  • Roberto Encarnacion--Math;
  • Chris Schmidt--6th grade core, Math/Science/Social Studies; and,
  • Yvonne Rucobo--Part-time Special Education Resource Specialist.

Counseling Center

When school opens, there inevitably will be some class changes for some students. Parents will be contacted before a major change is made in a student's schedule. Counselors are available to discuss issues with students and parents. If you wish to see a counselor, please call to schedule an appointment.

School to Home Communications

Flyers sent home with students during their advisory period on Mondays or Fridays continue to be the most cost effective method of getting information home. However, students do not always give their parents this information.

Routinely asking your student if there are any announcements will facilitate better communication. Additionally, there will be a monthly newsletter that is mailed home and the PTSA is developing a communication website.

The school is also looking into a telephone calling system and an information hotline. If you have any questions, please contact the school office at 549-8840.

Elementary Schools

Dingeman Elementary

Back to School

Welcome back to Dingeman Elementary for the start of our eighth school year! We look forward to an exciting year with returning families and those who are new to our Dingeman family.

After dropping your student off on the first day of school, Tuesday, Sept. 3, join us in the auditorium for our Back-To-School Tea. You will get a chance to meet our principal, Brad Callahan, and our vice-principal, Adalia Lavado.

Mr. Callahan will give a special orientation for all kindergarten parents. Several members of our Family Faculty Connection (FFC) will also be on hand to answer questions on how to become more involved in Dingeman's many parent volunteer opportunities.

There is something for all sorts of personal interests. Please stop by our Art Corps table. Art Corps at Dingeman is a truly exceptional program and is a role model for many other schools considering adopting the program.

Art Corps enriches our children's education with beauty, creativity, self-expression, and confidence. Think you are not an artist? Give Art Corps a try and discover otherwise! Professional or hobby experience in the art world is not required to be a successful Art Corps volunteer--only an enjoyment of working with students!

So many of our various committees depend on the efforts of our wonderful parent volunteers. If you are computer savvy or have an interest in working on computers, consider volunteering for either our Technology Committee or our Website Committee. Other groups that need your help are: Yearbook, Family Information Packets, Hospitality, and Spotlight.

You can also find out how to become involved in the various fundraising events for our school. Fundraising is an integral part of education enhancement.

The money we raise pays for computers, software, special assemblies for our students, and classroom supplies that are not covered through the district. Fundraising events include Bingo night, book fair, Spring Carnival, and gift wrap, cookie dough, and T-shirt sales.

Please remember, all volunteers, whether they work on committees, in the classrooms, or drive on field trips, need to have a current negative tuberculosis (TB) test on record with the school nurse.

If you are a new volunteer, please keep posted for dates on TB testing, which will be offered through the school. If you are a returning volunteer, please check your records to see if your TB test is still valid.

First Fundraiser of the Year

Not to waste any time, we dive right into our kick-off fundraiser--our annual Pledge Drive! The Pledge Drive runs from Wednesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 20. Then, keep posted for information on our gift wrap sales that begin on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Perhaps the easiest way to help raise money for our school is to sign up for eScrip and Schoolpop. Please check out their websites at [www.escrip.com] and [www.schoolpop.com] to find out how you can help earn money for Dingeman just through your normal shopping. Please remember to keep in touch with the latest news--school-wide or individual classrooms--by going to our awesome website [www.dingeman.net].

Please Drive Carefully

As always, remember that traffic around our school is heavy during drop off and pick up times. Please drive slowly, avoid making illegal U-turns, avoid blocking handicap sidewalk ramps when parking, and heed our dedicated student patrols. With everyone's help, we can make this a safe school year!

Jerabek Elementary

Get Ready, Jerabek Parents!

Our brief summer has taken flight and the 2002-2003 school year is officially on. That means it is time to get actively involved in our children's busy lives at school. And, there is so much to look forward to once again at Jerabek!

Our capable staff has spent their time off resting, as well as preparing for new classes. A welcome back staff luncheon was held in August and the teachers are looking forward to meeting their new students.

Classroom listings are posted now in the school courtyard. The lists will be available for viewing through the front gate throughout the Labor Day weekend.

School resumes on Tuesday, Sept. 3, at 9:05 am. Be sure your child is well rested. Also, give yourself time to come on campus that morning and meet his or her teacher personally.

Then, please join the Family Faculty Organization (FFO) from 9:15-10 am in the auditorium to sign up for a volunteer position this year! Jerabek needs room parents, Art Corps volunteers, and classroom volunteers. Your child and the staff will truly appreciate your help!

Art Corps

Speaking of valued volunteers, the Art Corps program will be in full force this year! Rachel Holden has taken the reins from Mary Baker. Our children are treated to a tremendous amount of knowledge and skill each month because of the volunteers' dedication!

The Art Corps volunteer orientation will be on Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 9:30-11:30 am in the auditorium. You do not have to be creative or talented to teach these classes--really! The lessons are so well written that you need only be eager to share something fabulous with your child's class!

Back-to-School Night

Mark your calendars for Back-to- School Night. It is Thursday, Sept. 19, at 6 pm. This is your first opportunity to review the curriculum being used in the classroom and learn the teacher's philosophy regarding behavior and homework expectations. The first FFO general membership meeting is also planned for that night, so there is much to be learned!

FFO Membership Drive

The annual FFO Membership Drive begins Monday, Sept. 9, and runs through Friday, Sept. 20. Lee Connors will manage it. FFO funds stay at Jerabek and, together with the extraordinary number of volunteer hours donated each year, have made our school the powerhouse that it is! So, please do not forget to send those forms in on time.

The annual wrapping paper sale starts Monday, Sept. 30, and finishes up on Monday, Oct. 14. Delivery will be Thursday, Nov. 14. Chair Karen Lopez reminds us that this fundraiser allows Jerabek to fund excellent programs, and you will be ahead for the holidays!

Jerabek also holds pizza sales. Thank you, Dominos Pizza, for your assistance all year. Before this past year ended, our 5th graders enjoyed a great Promotion Ceremony and celebration with the funds earned!

School Pictures, Ident-A-Kid

School pictures and our Ident-A-Kid event are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, for 4th and 5th graders. It is Friday, Sept. 27, for kindergartners and students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades.

Looking Ahead to October

Lastly, just a few notes regarding October. The Room Parent Tea/Breakfast will be on Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 9:15-10:30 am in the auditorium. For any new volunteers, this is a great time to meet other hard working parents and find out how easy your new job can be!

The always stimulating Family Science Night for 3rd graders is set for Wednesday, Oct. 2, from 6:45-8 pm. Vicki Conlon has been generous enough to organize these evenings again.

In addition, Family Math Night for 5th graders is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9, from 6:45-8 pm. Thank you to Georgia and Dave Critchlow for volunteering to run this program again.

Welcome back, Koalas!

Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE)

That Time of Year

Spring has sprung, fall has fell, so it must be time for school to start again. The exact time is 7:50 am on Tuesday, Sept. 3. This year's schedule will be the same as last year's. Normal dismissal is at 2:05 pm, with Thursday's "short day" dismissal at 11:55 am.

New Principal

Greeting us this year will be a familiar face in a new job. Jennifer Wroblewski has been sent to the principal's office permanently, replacing the also-promoted Tim Asfazadour. Jennifer says she is pleased and proud to be principal, and thanks the staff and parents for their support during the selection process.

We are all invited to the first Parent Coffee, beginning at 8 am in the multi-purpose room on opening day. Rumor has it that a lucky few will be given the chance to volunteer in classrooms and for Family Faculty Association (FFA) positions.

Our best wishes to Tim in his new post. We will all miss him, and I personally will miss those great, funky ties.

Classroom Assignments

Classroom assignments are posted in the lunch arbor. Please note that these initial room assignments are considered temporary for the first couple of months of school pending enrollment changes. However, no room changes will be made during the first three weeks of the year.

Third, 4th, and 5th graders should have three-ring binders, indexes, and pocket punches for pens and pencils. In addition, the 3rd grade teachers ask that their students each have a small card file with alphabetical dividers.

Meal Programs

The breakfast program will continue this year, available for 50 cents, from 7:15-7:45 am each day. Lunch will be $1. Both meals will be available free to those students who qualify. Menus will be coming home during the first week of school. See you opening day!

Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (EBS)

Upcoming Events Calendar

  • September--We practice "cooperation;"
  • Every Saturday--Scripps Ranch Farmer's Market, 9 am-1 pm;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3--School opens, main gate opens at 8 am;
  • Thursday, Sept. 5, to Friday, Sept. 13--Academic Fundraising Partnership (AFP) Pledge Drive;
  • Friday, Sept. 6--Mascot Day, "We are Open" penguin parade, 2pm, Scripps Ranch Marketplace;
  • Monday, Sept. 9--AFP meeting, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11--Patriots Day;
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17--Character Education Advisory Committee, 6:30 pm, EBS library;
  • Thursday, Sept. 19--Governance/Site Council, 7:30 am, EBS library;
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25--Author's day with Pam Munoz Ryan;
  • Thursday, Sept. 26--Back-to-School Night, parents only, 6-7:30 pm; and,
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, to Thursday, Oct. 3--AFP fundraiser, Innisbrook wrap.

EBS Celebrations

During our first year as a school community, we learned that celebrating our lives together cannot be reserved for just one day. As I have said before, when the social tone in a school is supportive and nurturing, every day is a celebration.

Our first celebration of the year, the EBS school community picnic, was held in August. Students, new and returning, joined with parents, friends, and teachers. Everyone had a wonderful time!

A second celebration begins the first week of school. We will hold our annual "We are Open" parade on Friday, Sept. 6, at 2 pm. Students, teachers, and parents march over to the Scripps Ranch Marketplace carrying signs, wearing handmade hats, and chanting the EBS song!

We gather in the courtyard to eat Baskin Robbins ice cream, too! Our parade is an opportunity to announce to the community that school is open and we are happy to be back. This year, we added something special to the parade--penguins! Friday, Sept. 6, is also Mascot Day, so EBS penguins will accompany students and teachers in the festivities.

EBS Awarded $7,000

Last month, EBS received $7,000 from the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation to support the work of preserving Miss Ellen's legacy. The grant provides funding to develop a collection of texts, publications, writings, and photographs on the life of Miss Ellen Browning Scripps and the Scripps family.

Students will receive instructions to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas about Miss Ellen, her family, and other great American women. Teachers and local educators will work with the Museum of Contemporary Art, the La Jolla and San Diego Historical Societies, and other community organizations and educational institutions.

The curriculum will assist in teaching our students and families about the core values that exemplify Miss Ellen Browning Scripps: to serve others, work hard, to be diligent in learning, display courage, and never give up! The curriculum will enhance our character education and service learning programs.

Future Problem Solving Comes to EBS

Our intermediate teachers are excited to announce that the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) will be offered to 4th and 5th graders this year. The mission of the FPSP is to design and promote positive futures using creative problem solving.

Fifth grade teacher Alicia Gelaro says that teaching students how to think and how to examine the world in constructive ways provides them with strategies for facing the unknowable future. Teams of EBS students will have opportunities to solve complex social, scientific, political, economic, and technical problems.

The student teams explore challenges as they refine their critical and creative thinking skills, focus on one problem area to solve, produce solution ideas, generate criteria to evaluate the solution ideas, and determine the best action plan.

FPSP is just one of the programs at EBS designed to provide all students with a GATE instructional approach. Additional information on FPSP will be featured at an upcoming Principal's Chat.

Other Schools

Alliant International University

Alliant International University (AIU) has been awarded a $2.1 million grant from the United States Department of Education to increase educational support services for undergraduate students of Hispanic descent. The Title V grant will be awarded to the university in installments of $420,000 annually over the next five years.

AIU will use the funds to improve student learning, support services, and skill development in the areas of reading, writing, math, and critical thinking. The university also plans to establish an early intervention program to track and assist students well before learning challenges leave them at risk academically.

AIU President Judith Albino says the generous grant will help the university continue to build educational excellence for its many Hispanic students and for the entire academic community.

Traditionally, about 18% of AIU's undergraduate community is of Hispanic ancestry and many students are the first in their families to attend college. The university is designated a Hispanic-serving institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities.

Miramar College

Summer Enrollment Soars

Miramar College summer enrollment soared 47% this year. It is largely due to academies offered by the college's renowned Public Safety Training Institute, which was up 241% from last year.

When the public safety academy enrollments are extracted, enrollment is still up 17% from last summer for occupational and transfer courses. Miramar College enrollment for spring 2002 totaled 11,092.

Fall Classes Begin-- Registration Continues

Register now for fall classes, which begin Tuesday, Sept. 3. Late registration continues through Friday, Sept. 13. Pick up a class schedule at the Scripps Ranch Library or on campus. For questions, call the Admissions Office at 536-7844.

Chamber of Commerce Mixer

Miramar College will host the Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce Mixer on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:30-7 pm at the Ned Baumer Miramar College Aquatics Center. Representatives from area businesses are encouraged to attend. For information, call the Public Information Office at 536-7876 or e-mail [[email protected]].

Miramar College Remembers

Members of the college community have developed a list of ways in which our college will acknowledge the tragic events of September 11, one year later. "Miramar Remembers" T-shirts can be purchased for $10, with proceeds donated toward the purchase of a plaque honoring public safety officers, and exercise equipment for academy students training at NTC.

Among the many activities, one minute of silence will be observed throughout campus at 12 pm. For details on commemorative events, contact the Office of Student Affairs at 536-4313.

Voter Approval Needed

The San Diego Community College Board of Trustees has voted to place a capital improvement--construction-- bond on the November ballot. It asks voters to approve $685 million to repair, renovate, acquire, construct, and equip college buildings, sites, and computer labs for the three colleges and Centers for Education and Technology.

If approved, the Miramar College projects would include:

  • A new library;
  • Several new classroom and laboratory buildings for public safety, science and technology, and the transfer program;
  • A new shared-use field house;
  • A new Colleges Services Center and Police/Emergency Services substation;
  • Significant safety enhancements;
  • Removal of ten antiquated, dilapidated bungalows; and,
  • Repairing and replacing roofs, worn wiring, plumbing, electrical, heating, and air conditioning systems.

A list of all Miramar projects that would proceed should the district-wide bond measure be approved is available in the President's Office. For more information, please call 536-7834.

National Ranks

According to the recent Community College Week's Annual List of Associate Degree Producers, Miramar College ranks 34th in the nation for the number of associate degrees awarded to Asian- American students. That is up 14.3% from the prior year. The college ranked 36th in the nation for the number of associate degrees in protective services.

Banned Books Week

Miramar College kicks off the fall Evening with the Experts performance and lecture series on Friday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm. There will be a free video presentation of "Fahrenheit 451" in celebration of National Banned Books Week. For details on the many activities of the weeklong event, contact Mary Hart at the Miramar College Library at 536-7312.